Chicago White Sox

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 13 Courtney Hawkins OF Carroll HS, Corpus Christi, Texas Texas $2,475,000
Scouts have coveted Hawkins since his performance as a sophomore in the 2010 Texas 5-A state playoffs. He bombed a ball into the upper-deck home run porch at Round Rock's Dell Diamond, then earned MVP honors in the clincher as a starting pitcher. Though he can run his fastball into the low 90s, he definitely will make his living in the batter's box. Hawkins is loaded with bat speed and uses his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame to generate exceptional leverage from the right side of the plate. He'll need to tame his maximum-effort swing, stop sitting on fastballs and improve his pitch recognition. He'll rack up some strikeouts, though they'll be a worthwhile tradeoff for his home runs. More physical than most high school players, Hawkins also brings a plus arm and solid speed to the table. A center fielder in high school, he'll likely wind up in right field as a pro. Scouts praise his instincts and makeup as well as his tools. He's the most talented member of a University of Texas recruiting class that features the five best high school prospects in the state, and a lock to sign as a mid-first-round pick.
1s 48 Keon Barnum 1B King HS, Tampa Fla. $950,000
Barnum and Georgia prep Matt Olson have similar profiles as lefthanded-hitting power prep first basemen. Olson has superior hitting ability and ranks higher, but Barnum has more power, which may elevate him past Olson on some draft boards. Barnum has been a prospect since eighth grade, joining Reggie Williams' travel-ball team in the Tampa area as a 14-year-old and playing with older competition. Scouts have seen plenty of his somewhat long but powerful, leveraged swing. He has the strength and loft power to earn 70 raw power grades on the 20-80 scouting scale. Barnum also has long arms that lead to swings and misses, and he's not always confident or comfortable against offspeed pitches. His solid-average arm strength would be wasted at first base, and his fringe-average speed could make left field a possibility down the road. He's a Miami recruit.
2 76 Chris Beck RHP Georgia Southern Ga. $600,000
Beck was a 35th-round pick of the Indians out of high school in 2009 but joined with Victor Roache to front a well-regarded recruiting class for Georgia Southern. After a 2-4 regular season as a freshman, Beck showed significant improvement in the Cape Cod League and dropped scouts' jaws in the fall, when he was throwing his fastball consistently at 95-96 mph while adding an unhittable cutter to go with an improved slider and a changeup that some scouts called his best pitch. He hasn't shown the same stuff this spring, though. He does rank seventh in the nation in strikeouts (97) and 31st with 10.31 strikeouts/nine innings, but he has lost his arm slot, throwing from a lower release point. His fastball has touched 93 mph but generally sits in the 86-91 mph range. His cutter also has not been as good, and all of his pitches have lacked life.
3 108 Joey DeMichele 2B Arizona State Ariz. $400,000
Scouts like to use the cliche that "hitters hit," as shorthand for a player who has always produced. They certainly use it for DeMichele, who hit .368/.412/.663 last year and was batting .335/.405/.562 this year with a compact, lefthanded swing. He has good barrel control and the ability to square everything up, and he is a tough out who has the ability to hit to all fields. At 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, he'll be more of a gap hitter, though he has enough strength to hit the occasional home run. The questions come on defense, where DeMichele will have to work to remain at second base. He has an average arm and actions, but needs to improve his footwork and quickness. DeMichele has a track record of continual improvement, and he worked hard to improve his body and shows good makeup on and off the field. A team that believes he can play second base could take DeMichele as high as the second round.
4 141 Brandon Brennan RHP Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif. $320,800
Brennan had a strong season as a starter for a powerhouse Orange Coast team. His durable 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame gives him a chance to be an innings-eating starter, though he might fit better in relief as a professional. His fastball generally sits around 89-91 mph with solid sink, though he has run it up to 93-94 at times this spring. His slider is inconsistent, sometimes showing decent three-quarters tilt and flashing average or slightly better on occasion, but more often resembles a below-average spinner. He seldom uses his changeup, which has a chance to be serviceable. Brennan is most effective when he stays tall and maintains his high-three-quarters arm slot, but he has a tendency to get rotational in his delivery and drop his slot, causing his stuff to flatten out.
5 171 Nick Basto SS Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla. $250,000
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Basto was a three-year starter for a three-time state championship team at Archbishop McCarthy. He's a broad-shouldered athlete with good feet and an average arm. He could handle shortstop at the college level but profiles better at second or third as a pro, depending on the development of his bat. He'll need to show more raw power for scouts to see him at third. He's ticketed for Florida International.
6 201 Kyle Hansen RHP St. John's N.Y. $250,000
The younger brother of Craig Hansen--Boston's first-round pick out of St. John's in 2005--Kyle won't go quite as high. He has large frame at 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, and figures to pitch out of the bullpen in pro ball just like his brother. He has a plus fastball that sits in the low 90s and gets up to 96 mph with good sink. His command is just fair, though he has been able to keep his walk rate under three per nine innings while striking out more than 11 per nine. Questions about his secondary stuff lead scouts to project him as a reliever. He flashes a slider with depth that can be average to plus at times, but it's inconsistent. He has also mixed in a changeup with sink that has improved, but probably won't be much of factor in pro ball. His mechanics aren't terribly clean and he has some funk in his delivery, but he makes it work. When he's on he gets out in front well and can be very difficult to pick up.
7 231 Jose Barraza C Sunnyside HS, Fresno Calif. $146,300
Barraza lost some weight this spring, but still has a thick build at 6-foot-2 and around 220 pounds. Barraza has the arm strength to remain behind the plate, but he'll need to improve all around defensively to remain at the position. A team will be patient with that project because that's where he profiles best. If he had to move, it would be to first base, which would obviously put a lot more pressure on his bat. Barraza is a lefthanded hitter and offers intriguing raw power potential. The combination of size, arm strength and lefthanded power interests teams and Barraza is not committed to a college, so he is certainly signable.
8 261 Zach Isler RHP Cincinnati Ohio $136,600
With a big frame and a plus fastball, Isler looks the part of a late-inning reliever and should get popped in the first five or six rounds of the draft. He's a 6-foot-5, 239-pounder whose heater ranges from 90-95 mph and often sits at 93-94, with the added benefit of heavy sink. He lives off his sinker, as his 82-84 mph slider is more notable for its velocity than its break. It has the potential to be an average second pitch. Isler has a decent delivery that he generally repeats, though he'll need to sharpen his control and command in pro ball. Injuries pressed him into Cincinnati's rotation at the end of the spring, and while he responded with a 1.61 ERA and averaged seven innings in four regular-season starts, he'll be strictly a bullpen option in pro ball.
9 291 Micah Johnson 2B Indiana Ind. $127,600
Johnson's junior season almost ended before it began. Not only did he struggle in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he also hurt his throwing arm. It continued to bother him after he returned to Indiana, relegating him to DH duty. After going 3-for-21 in nine games, he had surgery that knocked him out for two months. He swung the bat better and returned to second base after rejoining the Hoosiers, and in a down year for college hitters he still could factor into the top five rounds of the draft. Though he's just 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Johnson can drive the ball thanks to his bat speed. He has good pop for a middle infielder, at times too much for his own good, as his lefthanded swing gets long and he doesn't control the strike zone. Though Johnson is athletic--he reportedly beat No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Greg Oden in a one-on-one basketball game when both were in high school--he's not a lock to stay in the infield. He has hard hands and some scouts think he might fit better in center field. He has the speed to make the transition, as he ran a 6.6-second 60-yard dash on scout day during the fall, and enough arm for the outfield.
10 321 Brandon Hardin RHP Delta State (Miss.) Miss. $20,000
Hardin was a starter at Kaskaskia (Ill.) JC for two seasons, then again as a junior at Division II Delta (Miss.) State. As a senior, he shifted to the bullpen and thrived in the role, touching 95-96 at times and adding a breaking ball and split-finger pitch. The 6-foot, 210-pounder went 5-4, 1.03 with a 36-9 strikeout-walk ratio in 35 innings.
11 351 Eric Jaffe RHP UCLA Calif. $100,000
Jaffe was a cornerstone of California's No. 11 recruiting class in the fall of 2010, but he transferred to UCLA after Cal announced plans to disband its program. He has pitched sparingly at UCLA due to control issues. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, Jaffe looks like a power-armed closer in the Jonathan Broxton mold, and he has arm strength to match, with a 90-94 mph fastball and a power curve. His delivery has minimal effort, but he simply struggles to throw strikes. If he can figure out the mental side of the game, he could provide good value after the 10th round. He is considered signable as a draft-eligible sophomore.
12 381 Zach Stoner 1B Boylan HS, Rockford, Ill. Ill. $180,000
13 411 Derek Thompson LHP John A. Logan (Ill.) CC Ill.
14 441 Tony Bucciferro RHP Michigan State Mich.
Bucciferro has been a reliable starter for four years at Michigan State, ranking first in Spartans history in starts (54) and innings (367), second in strikeouts (269) and third in wins (26) after the Big Ten Conference tournament. He's somewhat similar to righthander Kurt Wunderlich, a 20th-round pick by the Athletics as a senior last year, but Buccifero has a better body and pitchability. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder throws strikes with all of his pitches: a fastball with life that operates at 87-88 mph and touches 91, a slider that elicits swings and misses and a changeup that keeps hitters off balance. He'll also mix in a curveball at times.
15 471 Jordan Guerrero LHP Moorpark (Calif.) HS Calif. $100,000
Guerrero was something of a pop-up name this spring after running his fastball up to 92-93 mph early in the season, but his stock cooled down the stretch, when he has pitched more in the 85-88 range. He has a short, quick arm stroke, which helps make up for a small 6-foot-3, 165-pound frame, and durability is a significant question at this stage. His No. 2 pitch is a changeup that projects as an average pitch, and his curveball is loopy. He throws it with a high arm slot and tends to get too much on top of it and bounce it. As a lefthander who has flashed decent stuff, Guerrero could sneak into the top 10 rounds, especially because he is considered signable.
16 501 Abe Ruiz 1B Arizona State Ariz.
17 531 Sammy Ayala C La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day HS Calif. $258,800
Ayala's three-sport prowess kept him somewhat under the radar in baseball circles, but he made a name for himself at the Southern California Invitational at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in June, hitting an inside-the-park homer against top prep lefthander Max Fried and an RBI single to the opposite field against righty Andrew Potter. A standout defensive end in football, Ayala has a physical, 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. He projects for average or slightly better power down the road, but scouts are divided on whether he will hit. He tends to get pull-happy and is vulnerable against soft pitches away or hard pitches in. He'll look bad at times in the batter's box, but his feel for hitting has improved and should solidify once he focuses on baseball. Ayala's arm is above-average, but his receiving and blocking is a work in progress. He moves well enough to play a corner outfield spot, but plenty of scouts think he has a chance to stick behind the plate. A club that believes in his power and defense could take him as high as the second or third round, while other teams would be content to let him go to UC Santa Barbara.
18 561 Thomas McCarthy 3B Kentucky Ky.
19 591 Alex Williams 1B Louisiana Tech La.
20 621 Zach Voight SS New Mexico State N.M.
21 651 Adam Lopez RHP Virginia Military Institute Va.
22 681 Cory McGinnis RHP Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) Ala.
23 711 Kale Kiser OF Nebraska Neb.
24 741 Eric Grabe 2B Tampa Fla.
25 771 Storm Throne RHP Morningside (Iowa) Iowa
Iowa's best four-year college prospect hails from Morningside, which hasn't had a player drafted since future big leaguer Kory DeHaan in 1997 but can boast a 166-game winner in the major leagues (Paul Splittorff) and a No. 4 overall pick (Mike King). The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Throne doubles as a center on the Mustangs' basketball team and averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season. He doesn't have a lot of baseball experience, but he's huge and his athleticism gives him a chance to figure pitching out. Scouts heard rumors that he touched 97 mph last fall but saw him work at 88-93 mph this spring. His curveball, changeup and command all need considerable refinement. He's a quality student who may not just jump at a chance to sign as a junior.
26 801 Zach Toney LHP Austin Peay State Tenn.
Toney is Austin Peay State's ace and led the team to its second straight Ohio Valley Conference title. He had been a fastball/changeup lefty in the past, with an 88-91 mph fastball that bumps 92 and the occasional split-finger fastball, and this year he improved his curveball to make it a fringe-average. Toney doesn't give in to hitters, leading to 44 walks in 87 innings.
27 831 Zac Fisher C New Mexico State N.M.
Fisher had a great season for the Aggies, leading the team by hitting .363/.442/.525 with 18 doubles and six home runs. His best tool is his lefthanded bat, and he has a good swing with some potential for gap power. That's particularly valuable for a catcher. He's raw behind the plate and will need to improve in that regard.
28 861 James Hudelson RHP Delta State (Miss.) Miss.
29 891 Jason Coats OF Texas Christian Texas
Coats positioned himself as a possible first-round pick in last year's draft by helping Texas Christian to its first-ever College World Series and set a school record with 99 hits in 2010 before turning in a strong summer in the Cape Cod League. Instead, his righthanded swing got longer and his pitch recognition regressed, and he dropped to the Orioles in the 12th round. He nearly signed with Baltimore but ultimately returned to the Horned Frogs, where he turned in a season similar to his 2011 performance. Coats could be a slighty above-average hitter with average power, making him attractive as a senior sign. He fits best in left field with his fringy speed, arm and defense. He missed the Mountain West Conference tournament with a sprained right knee.
30 921 Jake Brown SS Kansas State Kan.
31 951 Corey Thompson 3B East Carolina N.C.
32 981 Steve Nikorak 3B Temple Pa.
33 1011 Jon Savarise LHP Stevenson HS, Lincolnshire, Ill. Ill.
34 1041 Ryan Castellanos RHP Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla.
35 1071 Kyle Martin RHP Texas A&M Texas
36 1101 Mitch Patishall RHP Pendleton (Ind.) Heights HS Ind.
37 1131 Thurman Hall OF Western Texas CC Texas
38 1161 DeJohn Suber SS Morgan Park HS, Chicago Ill.
39 1191 Mitch Glasser 2B Macalester (Minn.) Minn.
40 1221 Sam Mason RHP Beverly Hills (Calif.) HS Calif.